Clothing Drive

Community members are invited to donate gently-used clothing and household items during HUGS Inc ’ first annual Clothing Donation Drive, to be held September 24 from 1-3pm.


The drive’s goal is to raise $5,000 in funds to support the MISR Court 193, DOI’s upcoming Journey Bag drive. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, books, and small household items (no furniture).


“Being able to provide a Journey Bag to all graduating Seniors aging out of the foster care system” is the mission and vision of Misr#193, DOI and HUGS Inc. backpack initiative. Events like this Donation Drive help us raise needed funds for the actual bags.


All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers, the parent company to great thrift stores like Value Village, Unique, and Savers. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked.


We are asking each person to donate 3-5 bags of items. This will be a tremendous help to us. We thank you in advance.


Larolyn Young, CEO
Helping You Grow Successfully, INC 501(c)(3)

Journey Bag Drive

Our Children are great leaders of tomorrow. They deserve our love, care, respect and dignity to achieve their dreams. But unfortunately, not all children get those things. Our Foster children need us now more than ever. Recent research shows that most kids that are separated from their birth family end up carrying their worldly treasures in trash bags. The majority of the children placed in foster care come into the system with the clothes on their backs & nothing more.


This is a situation that is awful and alarming and which should be addressed. These kids have gone through tough times and they need our love and attention. We are a non-profit organization whose sole aim is to improve the quality of life for our at risk youth. With our help we can begin to repair the damage cause by feeling worthless and unimportant.


These children deserve quality Journey bags and not trash bags. As a business owner or a professional, I’m pretty sure you have what it takes to put a smile on the faces of these kids.


Kick Off Drive: Put those trash bags to better use. Join us in our clothing Drive. This in kind donation will assist us in reaching our goal of 1000lbs of clothing and raising money to fill the Journey Bags. More Info Here (add a link to the clothing drive flyer)


Make a Financial Contribution: Helping You Grow Successfully, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes to supporting children in the foster care system. We are a 100% volunteer organization so there are no paychecks going out. Our space is donated so there is no rent to be paid. There is nothing more frustrating than donating to an organization just to learn that only a small percentage went to the cause you were supporting. If you donate $50.00 and earmark it for “Journey Bag”, that is $50.00 in necessities and Journey Bags. This is the preferred method as we can purchase items in bulk or at a discounted non-profit rate. You can donate by credit card or PayPal right here on our website by visiting our Donation Page.


Purchase a Journey Bags and fill it with love: Using a checklist, you can begin filling a Journey Bags for a child of particular a particular gender. Once your Journey Bags is complete, you can drop off your Journey Bags at any of our convenient drop off locations. To see a checklist and what items are included in each Journey Bags, please take a look at the sample flyer.


Rally your Troops by organizing a drive: Organize your business, church group, social group, school, or community organization to assemble Journey Bags. This is a great project for family based organizations and supporters of children. If you wish, we can come to your organization to speak about the program and present sample Journey Bag. We have presented the program to several church groups and community associations and we’d be more than happy to speak at yours. This is a great way to get the word out, support the program, and bring attention to the prevention of child abuse.


Sponsor a Bag: Make a donation and have a Journey Bags purchased and filled on your behalf. The average cost of a Journey Bag can run between $50 and $150, however, this cost can fluctuate


Charlitha Hawkins, Director of Community Involvement
Helping You Grow Successfully, Inc 501(c)(3)